Facebook's Updated their 'Privacy Basics' Data Information Center
While Facebook's often criticized for the way it collects and uses user data, you can't fault them for trying to let people know about the available privacy options.
The platform's privacy tools are always only a few clicks away, prominently placed to help people understand and customize how their content is shared and how their data is used.
Not everyone uses them, but Facebook does try, and they also regularly prompt users to re-check and confirm their preferences.
And this week, Facebook has once again sought to improve their assistance measures on this front, by giving their Privacy Basics page an overhaul, making it easier to understand how and where to find the relevant information.
As explained by Facebook:
"Privacy Basics features improved functionality and top topics based on your most frequently asked questions about privacy and security. Built using your feedback, everything is organized so that information about protecting your privacy is easy to find."
The new layout makes it easier to find specific answers and areas of interest.
First, there's a Top Topics section which highlights frequently asked questions.
There's also a direct connection to all the key areas of Facebook's privacy settings, including notes on ads and the data insights Facebook uses to target you with ad content.
Every section has a set of animations and simple descriptions which outline how each element of the process works.
There are also relevant links at the end of each section so you can click through and update your preferences once you have a better overview of how they work.
It's a great way to get a better understanding of how Facebook's system works, which could be beneficial for you or for when you're trying to explain the network to others.
Facebook says that they're announcing the update to coincide with Data Privacy Day, held each year on January 28th.
"We're joining state attorneys general and other policymakers who are sharing their own privacy information on Facebook, along with organizations around the world like National Cyber Security Alliance, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Center for Democracy and Technology, who are working to raise awareness of how to take charge of your information online."
It's a good initiative by Facebook - as noted, while you may not agree with how Facebook uses your data, you have to admit, they have greatly improved their transparency in this regard, and their efforts to raise awareness of such tools has also seen significant evolution.
You can check out the new Privacy Basics here.
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